Questions on the use of algebraic techniques to prove geometric theorems.

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Tangent developable of helix.

Let $T$ be union of tangent lines to helix $C=(\cos x, \sin x,x)$. 1) I want to prove that $T - C$ is a smooth manifold and find equation for $T$. 2) I want to find how many times a line can ...
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Find all points with whole- number's coordinates inside the area of polygon

I've got the polygon with n angles. I know the coordinates of its apexes (their coordinates are integers), but I don't know the total area of that polygon. Is there any way to count how many points ...
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Computer program for visualizing multivariable Calculus topics

I am an undergraduate studying multivariable Calculus. However I have difficulty visualizing concepts. In single variable calculus I can visualize stuff, for example when one talks about derivatives, ...
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building a polytop from polytop and finding its volume

Let $P$ be a symmetric polytope with $M$ vertices. Suppose we subdivide this polytope into $M$ equal parts $A_i, i=1, \ldots, M$ such that each part $A_i$ correspond to one vertex, $v_i, i=1, \ldots, ...
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About a/the definition of plane.

Let $P$ be a point in 3-space and consider a located vector $ \overrightarrow {0N}$. We define the plane passing through $P$ perpendicular to $ \overrightarrow {0N}$ to be the collection of all ...
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Shortest distance between parallel line and plane

I've been doing questions regarding the shortest distance between lines/planes and points , and I've come across a question asking to find the shortest distance between a line and a plane which are ...
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Applications of the quartic curve $x^2y^2-1=0$?

The quartic curve $x^2y^2-1=0$ is equivalent to the union of the hyperbolas $xy-1=0$ and $xy+1=0$, i.e., it's a rectangular hypobola superimposed with a copy of itself rotated by 90 degrees. Does this ...
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Calculating tangent on ellipse

I want to calculate the slope of the tangent at one point of an ellipse whose centre is shifted towards the coordinates $(x_c;y_c)$ and also rotated by an angle $\alpha$ around its centre. Now, I have ...
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A triangle has to find its third side.

Problem: (Euclid had a triangle in mind - I am including this line so that future googles come across this question) The triangles longest side is $20$ and another side is $10$. Its area is $80$. ...
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Crazy rectangles, semi-circles, and circles!

Problem is to find the ratio of the area of the circle to that of the semi-circle. Note that points $F$ and $E$ weren't given in the original diagram, and that the circle at the top-right ...
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Proving congruency of triangles

Question: Given $AB$ is diameter, $C$ and $D$ lie on circumference, $AB = 15cm$, $AC = 12cm$, $BD = 9cm$, find area of quadrilateral ABCD. Note that the points $O$ and $Q$ were not in the ...
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What is a homographic solution in three body problem?

I came across Saari's homographic conjecture in Three Body problem. I need more information on what exactly is a homographic solution and how is it different from a homothetic solution?
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Locus of the centre of a circle $\Gamma$

Let $\Gamma_1,\Gamma_2$ be two circles centred at the points $(a,0),(b,0);0<a<b$ and having radii $a,b$ respectively.Let $\Gamma$ be the circle touching $\Gamma_1$ externally and $\Gamma_2$ ...
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How to prove that given a line L prove that all points of a fixed distance k form two lines parallel to L

How can I prove start this?I know intuitively since they never meet they are parallel, but I don't think that is a direct proof.
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Is there a Focal Point/Area/Line of a Parabola for not perpendicular Lines

I'm not sure if this is mathematical enough for this forum, since it's my first post, but please don't be too harsh! So my question is: If the incoming lines of a Parabola come in perpendicular to ...
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Conic Sections and Complex numbers

If $\omega$ is a complex number such that |$\omega$| does not equal 1, then the complex number $$z = \omega + \frac{1}{\omega}$$ describes a conic. The distance between the foci of the conic described ...
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Geometric Intuition Of Partial Derivative in 2D space

$$f(x,y)=3x^2+5y^2-2x+3y+7=0\\f'x=6x-2=0\\x=\frac {1}{3}\\f'y=10y+3=0\\ y=\frac {-3}{10} \\ O(\frac {1}{3},\frac {-3}{10})$$ As you see, we've used the partial derivative to find the center point of ...
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Permutation Combination

Let $C = \{(i, j)|i, j \in \mathbb Z,\; 0 ≤ i, j ≤ 24\}$. How many squares can be formed in the plane all of whose vertices are in $C$ and whose sides are parallel to the X−axis and Y − axis?
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Angle bisectors for pair of lines

Suppose you have a pair of lines passing through origin, ax^2 + 2hxy +by^2 = 0, how would you find the equation of pair of angle bisectors for this pair of lines. I can do this for 2 separate lines, ...
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Coplanar vectors

Prove that if $$\vec{a}\times\vec{b}+\vec{b}\times\vec{c}+\vec{c}\times\vec{a}=0$$ then $\vec{a},\vec{b},\vec{c} $ are coplanars. One thing I know is that i have to get ...
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Family of circles touching a line

I found this in a book but I am not able to understand how they got this result. It goes the equation family of circles touching a given line $(y-y_1)=m(x-x_1)$ at $(x_1,y_1)$ for any value of $m$ is ...
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Finding a point on a circle that has a distance L (arc length) from another point

Given the coordinates of a single point on a circle and a length of an arc $L$, how do I find the coordinates of another point? Or, to put in another form: I have the radius $r$, the length of the ...
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Applications of Stein spaces in Algebraic Geometry

I want to know where are essential applications of the theory of Stein spaces in algebraic geometry. I heard Cartan's theorem A & B were used in Serre's GAGA, but are there any other applications? ...
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Finding an equation of a circle with a given center and a tangent line.

My math homework is finding an equation of the circle. Given that the center is at (-3,-5) and tangent to the line 12x + 5y =4. I don't know how to solve this since our professor didn't teach this to ...
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Scalating the derivative, and rotating about some angle.

If the angle between a straight line $y=ax$ w.r.t to the x-axis is alpha, then we know that the derivative $a = \tan(\alpha)$. Then I'm interesting in the angle we are rotating alpha about the ...
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Soft: Why does the existence of a singularity cause problems for deRham cohmology?

I've heard that if a variety has a singularity then the deRham theory has "problems". What exactly are these? Im guessing there is some sort of issue with the defintion of a differential form, but ...
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How to justify the similarity of objects in mathematics form

I have developed a system to trace the outlines of (images of) objects. Now I want to test whether two independent traces represent a common feature. Imagine two people (or machines) tracing the ...
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dimension of tangent space to a boundary point of a convex shape

I have a basic question regarding the dimension of the tangent space at a point $P\neq0$ that lies on the boundary of a pointed convex cone with its point centered at 0. For a 3D cone that is ...
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Prove $(|OP|)+ |PQ|)^2 > |OQ|^2$

I did all the algebra and for some reason I'm getting 0 > $y_2^2$ which is clearly wrong. Where did I mess up at?
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Equation of line passing through a point parallel to a given line

I have the point $(2,-5)$ and an equation $y-4 = 2x$ which is a straight line. I want to make another equation from the $(2,-5)$ that is parallel to $y-4 = 2x$ and you can only do this by making the ...
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Hyperbolas - Standard Form

This is probably a simple question but if $y = \frac{1}{x}$ is a hyperbola, then how does it comply with the standard form of a hyperbola?
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Given two closed curves, when is their minkowski sum differentiable?

Suppose you are given closed curves, $\gamma_1$ and $\gamma_2$, which define convex figures in the plane. If we take the minkowski sum of $\gamma_1$ and $\gamma_2$, when is the resulting curve ...
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assessing linear relationships as logarithms

I am teaching myself maths. I am not sure how to approach this problem. It is assessing linear relationships of the form $y=mx+c$ as logarithms. Here I have gotten as far as taking the gradient ...
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Equilateral triangle inscribed in a ellipse

"Given any point on a ellipse, is it always possible to inscribe an equilateral triangle, with a vertex coincident with that point, in the ellipse?" I thought I could use analytical geometry, but ...
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Geometric interpretation of a complex solution

A straight line in 2-D $x+y=3$ and a circle in 2-D $x^2+y^2=4$ do not have a point of intersection in the plane containing the two. But on solving these equations analytically, on gets 2 complex ...
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Equation of horizontal/vertical line and changing to $y=mx+c$ format

I've been given the equation $2x-3y=5$. I was wondering whether this is a horizontal or vertical equation and how would I rearrange this to $y=mx+c$. I know that this is a fairly basic equation but ...
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Tensor notation (practicing)

I'm praticing tensor notation, and I want to prove this way that given vectors $A,B,C,D$ then $(A \times B) \times (C \times D) = \det(A,C,D)B - \det(B,C,D)A$, where $\det$ means the triple product. ...
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List of topics for basic calculus (1st,2nd,3rd semester)

I am an computer science student, currently studying in 2nd semester. Therefore my math courses are pretty weak. Although I "aced" them, I still feel I could use some extra basic calculus knowledge in ...
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Analytic Geometry

How does one solve: Find the equation of the circle which has it's center on the line $y= 3-x$ , and which has as tangents the lines $ 2y-x = 22, $ $ 2x+y=11 $ ?
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Circle Tangent question

I would like to ask for assiatance on the following: Find the eqation of a circle, with a radius of$\sqrt 2$ , which also has as tangetns the lines: $ y=x+2 $ , $ y=-7x $. It is known that the ...
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Maximize the distance between a point and a bounding rectangle

There are $n$ random points in the $x-y$ plane, whose coordinates are known beforehand. We can use a minimum bounding rectangle (MBR) to bound these points. In this scenario, the MBR can be rotated, ...
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Check my solution to this trig inequality

Problem $1.88$ : Solve $$\cos x\lt \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2},\qquad x \in [0,2\pi]$$ I found the set of solutions to be $S=[0,2\pi]-\left[\dfrac{\pi}{6},\dfrac{11\pi}{6}\right]$ Is this correct? Thank you.
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Book suggestions on projective geometry

I want to be acquainted with projective geometry, so I'm asking for a reference. I need some words to explain my specific background and motivation. There are many things I learnt related to ...
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Show that the area of the shape can be written as $A=200r-r^2 (2+ \pi/2)$

A $\rm200\,m\,$ fence is to placed around a lawn of this shape. We know that $x$ in terms of $r$ : $$x=100-\dfrac{(2+\pi)r}2$$ How do I show that the area of the lawn, $A$, can be written as: ...
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Tangent at a singular point

I'm looking at this question If the tangent at the point $P$ with coordinates $(h, k)$ on the curve $y^2 = 2x^3$ is perpendicular to the line $4x = 3y$, find $(h, k).$ This is how I attempted it ...
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Mirror a line over a plane

I am trying to mirror a line over a plane, but I am not sure if I am doing it right, so please tell me if something that I do is wrong. I have 2 points $A(1, 2, 1);B(-1,0,2)$ and I have to mirror the ...
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need explanation of what exactly is a directrix & focus?

((I'm not asking why do we need to know conic sections etc.) Like other similar questions.) I actually love math & currently learning conic sections in class, neither my textbook or teacher ...
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Area of triangle inscribed in a parabola

How can u prove that the area of the triangle inscribed in a parabola is twice the area of the triangle formed by the tangents at the vertices?
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Centroid of triangle formed by co-normal points

How can you prove that he centroid of a triangle formed by 3 co-normal points lies on the axis of the parabola?
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Orthogonal tangents to an ellipse [duplicate]

This is the problem I found back in the first year in the university. Suppose we have a non-degenerate (i.e. not a point and not an empty set) ellipse $E\subset \Bbb R^2$. Now define a set $D$ by a ...